Children at El Paso Head Start listened and laughed as the story of “Chico” the El Paso Chihuahua’s feisty canine mascot, was read to them in support of Literacy Week. The tale of Chico’s misadventures was hilariously punctuated by the interpretive antics of the six foot Chihuahua, and even the teachers were recruited to act out characters - to the delight of their young students.
“It’s a ball for the kids and for Chico,” said Andy Imfeld, El Paso Chihuahuas Community representative. “The story is very interactive and Chico really makes it come alive for children.”
ESC Region 19 Head Start partners with many local organizations to foster an environment of learning outside of the classroom. “A lot of these kids go to ballgames with their parents. Now they can tell their parents that Chico read to them,” said Annette Macias Southside Head Start Family Support Worker. “Connecting fun activities like baseball with literacy helps children develop an early enthusiasm for reading, and to recognize it as a part of everyday life.”
According to an article on vue.annenberginstitute.org, research shows that active community engagement in its school’s educational events plays a key role in the success of the students and the quality of the school itself.
“We [The El Paso Chihuahuas] feel that we are more than just a baseball team; we are ambassadors representing El Paso, wherever we go,” Imfeld said. “We play baseball five months out of the year and dedicate the rest of our time giving back to our community and supporting them like they support us.”
The El Paso Chihuahuas have supported local school events like Read across America, Literacy Week, Star Testing, and Pep and Anti Bulling rallies. For further information, or to request a community services from the El Paso Chihuahuas, email firstname.lastname@example.org.